Summer crime prevention program keeps city youth engaged

Posted at 9:16 AM, Jun 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-08 09:16:36-04

A recent rend in young people committing crimes has a group in Baltimore working to keep youth engaged and out of trouble this summer.

The city will offer camps, job training opportunities and activities and recreation centers around Baltimore as part of Mayor Catherine Pugh's summer crime prevention program.

The Baltimore Police Department is also working to be more of a presence in the communities they serve.

Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis said there will be more officers out on foot patrol interacting with the community.

"We want young people occupied, because we've seen as of late where young people are engaged in violence. We don't want today's young people to become tomorrow's violent repeat offenders," said Davis.

Davis is also calling for stricter gun laws, which he plans to take to lawmakers in Annapolis during the next legislative session. The laws would treat certain gun violations as felonies.